Win XP blinds

Monday, September 12, 2011 by dkmjam | Discussion: WinCustomize Talk

Why are so many of the skinners only doing skins for Vista or Win 7? Some of us can't afford those OS and are stilll using Win XP and want our desktops to be pretty too. Just wondering why????

First Previous Page 1 of 2 Next Last
Island Dog
Reply #1 Monday, September 12, 2011 11:31 AM

Well to be honest WinXP is a legacy operating system.  Windows 8 is not too far off and many people have already moved on.

 

Lantec
Reply #2 Monday, September 12, 2011 11:37 AM

that and there are thousands already done for XP....

Philly0381
Reply #3 Monday, September 12, 2011 11:43 AM

Like just about everything and anything in life, customizing the computer moves on. 

I still have a computer that has XP, and one that has Windows 7.  I'm not looking for new things to load on the XP computer and don't use it much these days.

DaveRI
Reply #4 Monday, September 12, 2011 2:37 PM

Just wondering why????

From what I've read I gather it's primarily:

Some skinners no longer have XP and it's tough to skin an o/s that's not installed.

Skinning XP in addition to 7 adds a significant amount of work even if XP is still installed.

Like you dkmjam I'm still riding the dinosaur, I'll probably ride it until it drops.  The world does move on though, such is the life of the computer.

vStyler
Reply #5 Monday, September 12, 2011 4:34 PM

Every skin I have made is supported in XP. Still waaay too many people using XP to forget about their patronage and enjoyment.

RedneckDude
Reply #6 Monday, September 12, 2011 4:45 PM

vStyler
Every skin I have made is supported in XP.

Me too. Oh, but mine aren't windowblinds...

k10w3
Reply #7 Monday, September 12, 2011 4:47 PM


Why are so many of the skinners only doing skins for Vista or Win 7? Some of us can't afford those OS and are stilll using Win XP and want our desktops to be pretty too.

Why are so many owners of XP who can't afford those new OS not trying their hand at SkinStudio themselves?

Don't depend on someone else to get you what you want--learn how to do it yourself and never again have to wait on somebody else to do it for you.

That being said, I only skin for 7 because my old XP kicked the bucket over a year ago, I needed a computer for work, and it didn't make any sense to get one with a Legacy OS on it, since the Vista with the free Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade cost about the same.  If anybody would like me to skin for XP and doesn't mind footing the bill to upgrade me to Windows 7 Professional so I can skin in XP mode, I would be more than willing make XP versions of my skins.

gmc2
Reply #8 Monday, September 12, 2011 4:53 PM

I only have win7. I skin for my enjoyment and occasionally share those results.

2of3
Reply #9 Monday, September 12, 2011 5:38 PM

k10w3
If anybody would like me to skin for XP and doesn't mind footing the bill to upgrade me to Windows 7 Professional so I can skin in XP mode, I would be more than willing make XP versions of my skins.

http://www.virtualbox.org/

 

You can install this on your Win7 and run a virtual xp machine. All you would need is a valid xp disk and product key. I used it for a while problem free.

k10w3
Reply #10 Monday, September 12, 2011 5:40 PM

All you would need is a valid xp disk and product key.

I don't have a valid XP disk.  I have at least 2 valid product keys from broken computers, but I don't have a valid disk.

gmc2
Reply #11 Monday, September 12, 2011 5:53 PM

I don't have a valid XP disk

I assume that an upgrade disk will work?

we have two, pm your home address Karen.

k10w3
Reply #12 Monday, September 12, 2011 6:35 PM



I assume that an upgrade disk will work?

we have two, pm your home address Karen.

You have a PM -- and some karma for your generosity. 

Phoon
Reply #13 Monday, September 12, 2011 6:51 PM

It's time to cut the strings to XP from a customizing standpoint. While I sympathize with those using it there are many many better skins out there for XP than 7 ( and much more functional ). Keep a version of Windowblinds that supports XP but move on and drop it from future releases. 

PoSmedley
Reply #14 Monday, September 12, 2011 8:58 PM

k10w3
Don't depend on someone else to get you what you want--learn how to do it yourself and never again have to wait on somebody else to do it for you.

Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Give him Jack's address, a bag of dogshit, and a box of matches, and you'll laugh for a lifetime.

k10w3
Reply #15 Monday, September 12, 2011 9:39 PM

PoSmedley

Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Give him Jack's address, a bag of dogshit, and a box of matches, and you'll laugh for a lifetime.

   Thanks, Noah.  I've had way more personal drama going on at home for the past 4 days than I could handle (broke, trapped, possibly pending divorce proceedings), and I really needed to laugh.

boldyloxx
Reply #16 Friday, September 30, 2011 4:50 PM

I like my XP and have no intentions of dumping it.    I have alot of treasured  old Vintage After Dark screensavers and other programs that while uncompatible with XP-  I can still install on XP because of XP's compatibility wizard.   I tried to install them on my father's Windows 7 PC

but they didnt install properly-      

 

For me it's not just a matter of affordablity and being thrifty- not to keep changing over to something new unless really necessary, but

it's also a matter of really being comfortable with my XP and all the treasured programs that I can still run on it, that are not

compatible on Windows 7, etc.       

 

My father has Windows 7, and I do also appreciate Windows 7 as well-- it really has some beautiful touches to it, but  I am happy

with my XP as well- and even own  a licensed copy of Windows XP to re-install in case it ever crashes.  When I get the urge, I borrow my

father's Windows 7 when he's not around- but at least I still have XP on my PC so I can also enjoy my older programs on it that won't work

on Windows 7.

 

I'm not the sort of gal that has to keep junking a good electronic just because something newer came along.  My saying is "Make new Friends, but

Keep the Old- one is Silver but the other is Gold     

 

 

boldyloxx
Reply #17 Friday, September 30, 2011 5:02 PM

ps... just want to thank VStyler , Lightstar and other skinners who are still able to make XP compatible versions of thier skins for  Windowblinds--cuz I have been downloading and appreciating all of your skins and love them      I would like to install Windowblinds on my Father's Windows 7 PC  for him, but sadly, he doesnt want any skinning programs on his PC and has made a point to tell me to keep my hands off installing any skinning programs, except for wallpapers.      So I was able to install alot of nice wallpapers and screensavers for him, but he doesn't want Windowblinds on his computer.    One day when he gets sick of his old Windows 7 and decides to go onto Windows 8, I"ll buy his PC off of him, and then will have both XP and Windows 7 .   When that happens, then watch out! I'll be downloading everyone's skins here!!   There's a heck of a lot of nice Windows 7 skins i have my eyes on and am downloading some to keep on file for if he changes his mind.

in the meantime, I probably may always have my XP for many more years to come-- with all my favorite vintage programs on it

 

 

vStyler
Reply #18 Friday, September 30, 2011 5:42 PM

Welcome.. just makes sense for me, keeps me happy, you happy.

I'd prefer not to, obviously to have to skin 3 X OS, but... what can ya do.

No one said life was easy.

RedneckDude
Reply #19 Friday, September 30, 2011 6:22 PM

Quoting 2of3, reply 9 All you would need is a valid xp disk and product key.

I don't have a valid XP disk.  I have at least 2 valid product keys from broken computers, but I don't have a valid disk.

Karen, I'm not suggesting that you do anything illegal, but I can tell you this. The Valid XP Keys you have will work with any "matching" XP disc/iso.

If your key is for XP Home Premium, and you have a friend who has an XP Home Premium disc/iso, you can legitimately use it with your key and have a legal copy of XP on your PC.

If your key is for XP Pro, then you need an XP Pro disc.

 

When you buy an OS, you pay for the key, not the disc itself.

 

When I switched from Win 7 32 bit to 64 bit, the microsoft store let me download the 64 bit for free because I had a legit key. They might do the same for you, but then, your key is for an OEM version of XP, so I don't know how that would work.

 

All said, if you can get your hands on an XP disc that matches the level of XP that your key is for, you can use it, legally.

Uvah
Reply #20 Friday, September 30, 2011 7:00 PM

I have an XP Pro disc that I don't use. Got it brand new about a year ago in case anyone is interested. Only used it twice.

Please login to comment and/or vote for this skin.

Welcome Guest! Please take the time to register with us.
There are many great features available to you once you register, including:

  • Richer content, access to many features that are disabled for guests like commenting on the forums and downloading skins.
  • Access to a great community, with a massive database of many, many areas of interest.
  • Access to contests & subscription offers like exclusive emails.
  • It's simple, and FREE!



web-wc01